NEW RSC PUBLICATION: “STRATEGIC SETBACK: ARMENIA AND THE CUSTOMS UNION”
Summary In a surprise development, on September 3, 2013, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian announced a dramatic “U-turn” in Armenian policy. While in Moscow, after being summoned to a ... Read News
NEW EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT REPORT ON TURKEY-ARMENIA
The European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs recently released a report from a joint meeting on September 18, 2013 focusing on “Turkey-Armenia Relations.” The meetin... Read News
NEW PUBLICATION OF NOTE: THE SOUTH CAUCASUS 2018 - FACTS, TRENDS, FUTURE SCENARIOS
The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) South Caucasus has recently published a new book with contributions from a number of prominent experts and analysts from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The 370-... Read News
RSC Calls for Greater EU Engagement in Nagorno-Karabakh
In a brief four-page policy memo, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) called for greater engagement by the European Union in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and issued a set of policy recommendations ... Read News
RSC Special Analysis: FIVE YEARS ON: ASSESSING THE AFTERMATH OF THE FIVE-DAY AUGUST 2008 GEORGIA-RUSSIA WAR
Report Summary Five years since the sudden outbreak of war between Georgia and Russia on August 7, 2008, the regional landscape of the South Caucasus has shifted sig... Read News
RSC STAFF ANALYSIS ON UKRAINE04 March 2014
RSC WELCOMES DR. MIKAYEL ZOLYAN AS NEW STAFF ANALYST28 February 2014
RSC PRESS CONFERENCE ON UKRAINE26 February 2014
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As part of a new “web dossier” of essays focusing on Russia, the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation published a set of articles by analysts and experts from Moscow, Sukhumi, Tbilisi and Yerevan. The compilation, entitled “The Games are over! Beware of the Peace? Russia and the South Caucasus after the Sochi Olympics,” featured contributions from Ivlian Haindrava, political analyst at the Republican Institute (RI, Tbilisi, Georgia), Sergey Markedonov, independent political analyst (Moscow, Russia), Akhra Smyr, freelance journalist (Sukhum/i, Abkhazia), and RSC Director Richard Giragosian.
Giragosian’s article, “The South Caucasus: The Limits of a Resurgent Russia,” assessed how Russia would use the post-Olympics period to promote its Eurasian Union project and strive to assert more control over the South Caucasus region by exerting pressure with the use of its energy resources.
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As the second in a new series of new RSC commentaries published on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service website blog, RSC Director Richard Giragosian addressed Armenia’s threat of isolation, noting that “for small, landlocked Armenia, history has not been very kind. Centuries as a prisoner of geography have meant that Armenia has had to survive as an arena for competition among much larger regional powers. And although Armenia has been both victim and victor, it has also faced a challenge of isolation.”
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The Regional Studies Center (RSC) participated in a special working session at the Armenian Ministry of Defense on January 23, offering analysis and an assessment of defense reform as part of Armenia’s “strategic defense review” (SDR) process. Convened by Armenian Deputy Minister of Defense David Tonoyan, RSC Director Richard Giragosian joined other leading analysts and experts in preparing an updated “threat assessment” and a formulation of a new set of defense reform policy proposals for the Armenian armed forces.
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Երեկ ԱԺ-ի մեծամասնությանը, այսինքն` Հանրապետական կուսակցությանը նետվեց շատ հազվադեպ հանդիպող մի մարտահրավեր, որը սակայն իր առաջին հանրային պարտությունը կրեց: «Գազային» համաձայնագրերի վավերացմանը անդրադառնալով` նման համոզմունք հայտնեց Տարածաշրջանային հետազոտությունների կենտրոնի տնօրեն Ռիչարդ Կիրակոսյանը:
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As the first in a new series of bi-weekly RSC commentaries to be published on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service website blog, RSC Director Richard Giragosian criticized the recent attempt by the Republican Party to force through a vote on a controversial Armenian-Russian agreement on natural gas. The Regional Studies Center (RSC) has entered into a new strategic partnership with RFE/RL’s Armenian Service, with the publication of unique RSC analysis and commentary (in English and Armenian) on a wide range of political, economic and security issues as a regular RFE/RL blog post.